This past weekend I had the opportunity to work with some amazing people and make some new contacts. I was invited to collaborate on a photoshoot with a professional model, makeup artist and photographers and I styled a few outfits from Ocean Avenue’s spring/summer collection. It was a great experience and I had so much fun. Here’s a few snapshots I took from behind the scenes.
The first outfit is an eye-catching black and white combo consisting of a white bamboo rayon tank tucked into a black cotton voile skirt with an embroidered hem but it’s the jewelry that really pulls this outfit together. I’ve paired a mesh bead necklace in black onyx and white jade with a simple rose earring. After I dressed Shaka she skipped off through the park to snap a few pictures. I felt like the outfit had just come to life as she bounced around with so much energy and excitement. I absolutely love the garden background and the carefree attitude that came along with it.
Next we headed to a cherry blossom tree on the other side of the park which was perfectly complimentary to the printed rayon tank top. Cora, our makeup artist, had applied the perfect hue of lipstick to match the top so to keep the look simple I just added a pair of lightweight grey wooden earrings. We wanted to capture the blossoms floating so instead of waiting for a random gust of wind we sent Rose under a branch to give it a shake and suddenly Shaka was completely showered in petals.
For the next look we just had to take advantage of the bike. After Cora did a quick hair and makeup change I styled Shaka in a black textured knit top with a white bamboo rayon tank layered underneath. For the perfect touch I added a pair of black wooden heart earrings. I love the architecture in the background and the perfect balance between sex appeal and femininity. We certainly got a lot of attention from people passing by, I mean how could you not stare at a hot girl on a bike?
I think the last look was the best one and it really allowed Shaka to express her talent to the fullest. I dressed her in a cute pair of linen shorts, black and white bamboo rayon tanks, and then layered on a few necklaces made from wood, glass, and turquoise, then added a sparkly cocktail ring to complement the turquoise heels. There is just something about putting on a bright coloured shoe that makes every girl want to strut her stuff.
I loved watching Shaka do her runway walk along the ramp and in that moment visions of my collection featured in a fashion show danced in my head as photographers stood at the end of the runway capturing every shot. More plans for that later, but in the meantime I’ve got a few more outfits to shoot and I’m looking forward to working on the beach to show off some of my summer items. Overall it was a great experience and I can’t wait for the next one.Clothing/Jewelry: Julianna Ocean Avenue Model: Shaka Bee Laka Photographer: Darryl Pascoe Makeup/Hair: Cora Gillespie Organized by: Rose Agahi Toronto Photography Solutions
Toronto Photography Solutions offer workshops covering a variety of topics and I was so happy to join their team for this shoot. For more information you can visit their website: www.torontophotographysolutions.com